Blurred Lines: the Vincent Gray discrimination remix
by Jerome Young
Daniel 3:18 (NLT)
“But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, your majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”
Last weekend, Donnie McClurkin was scheduled to perform in Washington DC for a concert celebrating the Civil Rights Movement and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. Some gay activists objected to this and demanded that the mayor of DC remove him from the festivities. You see, Donnie has been vocal about his deliverance from homosexuality and his stance that it is a sin to be active in that lifestyle. These activists say that someone who is a “homophobe” should not be part of a celebration of Civil Rights. After all, gay has become the new black. It is reported that Mayor Vincent Gray asked Pastor McClurkin not to perform.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines Civil Rights as “rights guaranteeing equal opportunity to all citizens, regardless of race, religion, sex, or national origin.” It doesn’t address sexual orientation. It has only been in recent years that laws have been created to include the LGBT community as part of civil rights legislature. Now you can be fired from your job for saying homosexuality is a sin. People are trying to force churches to stop preaching against the lifestyle. Many churches have already compromised and encourage openly gay individuals to get married, be proud of their sexuality, and even pastor the church.
My pastor talked this past Sunday about the blurred lines that have been created between the laws of the world and the laws created by God. Before, laws were created based on the word of God. Now they are being altered based on the word of the world. Before you know it, pedophiles will be trying to get their equal rights because they have a desire to be with kids. Why can’t they be sexually active with a kid? If a kid can determine at five they are gay like society says, why not explore it with an experienced older man if he wants to? I know that sounds ludicrous, but 40 years ago, so did two men or two women getting married. When will we stop compromising God’s word to appease our flesh?
King Nebuchadnezzar created a gold statue that he demanded all the people of Babylon to bow down and worship. Otherwise they would be thrown in a fiery furnace. Three Hebrew men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abendego, refused to bow down and were taken to the king. They told him that he could throw them in the furnace, but their God would save them. And even if He didn’t, they would never worship his statute. The king was surprised to see the men were right as the Son of God saved them after they were thrown in the furnace.
These men refused to let the blurred lines between the Babylonian culture, and their godly beliefs stop them from doing the right thing. Are you willing to do the same? Hey pastor, are you willing to keep preaching the truth of God’s word even if most of your congregation gets offended and leaves—along with their tithes? Are you willing to treat your employees fairly even if your boss wants you to harass them? Will you give up your virginity because every one else in your class has given up their “V” card? No matter what laws they pass in Tennessee, if it goes against God’s word, I can’t stand by it. Sue me. Unfriend me. Unfollow me. Arrest me. Kill me. Do what you have to do. But my God will save me. And even if he doesn’t bring me my wife and son, has me to remain celibate for the rest of my days, and never be wealthy, I will not bow down.